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Library-Vendor Partnerships

Librarian-vendor relationships are a crucial part of any library’s operations, but often are seen as annoying or even adversarial. We need our vendors and their products or services and we know that they need us, but sometimes it seems as if our goals don’t align with their business requirements. My experience with vendors has been […]

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Managing Library Traffic

Recently, I’ve noticed that the library where I work has been busier than ever—I see lots of new faces, the computer lab is often full, and it’s hard to find a place to sit at the study tables. I wondered what was going on, why our library is suddenly so crowded. Before long, I had […]

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Can Librarians Crack the Code?

Two recent articles in American Libraries magazine – “Get Cracking on Code” (March/April 2015) and “Learning to Code” (May 2015) caught my attention and got me thinking about how learning to write code could help me in my job as a librarian. After reading these articles and doing some research I discovered that libraries are […]

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Curl Up With a Good…Ebook!

Last month I wrote about e-readers and buying vs. checking out eBooks. While doing some related research, I gained a new appreciation for the vast amount of information available on eBooks and libraries. So this month I’m sharing some of what I discovered about eBooks, along with a few useful articles and blogs that might […]

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E-books: Amazon vs. OverDrive

Last year I received my first e-book reader, a Kindle Fire, as a birthday gift. I had long promised myself that I would never own an e-reader. I have nothing against technological advancement and the so-called progress of our digital world, but I like my books—real books with coffee-stained pages and glossy covers.  However, I […]

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Remember Why We Love Libraries

If someone asked you why you love libraries, how would you answer? For those of us working in the library field, the answer is probably very specific and personal to our own library experiences. What I love most about libraries is hard to put into words—it’s not just that libraries are keepers of knowledge or […]

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Why You Need to Attend a Virtual Conference

Would you like to attend a virtual conference but are afraid that you would miss the camaraderie of a face-to-face (F2F) conference? Are you secretly curious about virtual conferences but feel like they just don’t count because they are…well, virtual? Does the thought of attending a virtual conference make you cringe? Whether you are curious […]

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Continuing Education For My Fellow Penny Pinchers

That old adage “You get what you pay for” doesn’t apply when it comes to library continuing education. If you know where to look it’s easy to find training and development opportunities that are inexpensive and often free. Yes, FREE!  From one-hour webinars to all-day workshops to library conferences, there is a low-cost or no-cost […]

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